Tri-State storm: Heavy rain, flash flooding brings major disruptions to subway service, Metro-North

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — A deluge of rain flooded streets, highways and subway stations in and around New York City, leading to a domino effect of limited service and delays for riders and commuters relying on any means of transportation to get around Friday.

Subway service remains extremely limited, with only the A, C, E, D, F, M and S lines running with delays.

The 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, F, L, N, Q, and R lines remain partially suspended, and there are full suspensions on the B, G, and W lines, in addition to Franklin Avenue and Rockaway shuttle service.

Metro-North service was also severely disrupted due to heavy rain and flooding in the South Bronx, leading to suspensions on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines. All lines are now running limited service from Grand Central Terminal.

The Harlem Line has resumed with limited service between Grand Central Terminal and Fleetwood. Service remains suspended between Wassaic and Fleetwood because of severe flooding New Haven Line service has resumed after crews cleared flood water from the tracks in the Bronx. Possible residual delays are expected due to the storm. Limited Hudson Line service was previously restored.

Visit the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) website for continuing updates.

Despite the disruptions, MTA Chairman Janno Lieber said that the situation could have been much worse.

“We had very low commuter levels this morning,” Lieber said. “Of course, it’s a post-COVID Friday, which is generally a low commuting day, but the fact that the governor and the MTA were able to alert people was definitely a plus.”

Lieber said that preparations for this heavy rain started Thursday when the agency learned of the challenging forecast.

“We staged equipment, we got pump trains ready, we got people in place,” Lieber said. “We had pumps on trucks. We checked all of our drains to make sure that that we had appropriate protection in place.”

LIRR service

All lines are running on the Long Island Rail Road. There’s a partial suspension on the Far Rockaway branch between Valley Stream and Far Rockaway. There’s a partial suspension on the Long Beach branch between Lynbrook and Long Beach.

NJ Transit service

North Jersey Coast Line rail service has resumed between Long Branch and Middletown stations following earlier high-water conditions near Little Silver and is subject to up to 60-minute delays in both directions.

Bridges and tunnels

All earlier speed restrictions due to wind have been lifted at the bridges.

Bus terminals

There are no operational impacts at the Midtown Bus Terminal or the GWB Bus Station. Customers should check with their bus carriers about any impact to bus service.


No impact to PATH operations have been reported. Officials are monitoring conditions and will update customers if schedule adjustments are required.

Shipping ports

There are no operational impacts to port operations.


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